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NASA's Aqua satellite picked up heat signatures from fires in west Africa on January 7, 2012 at 14:05 UTC (9:05 a.m. EST) using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the satellite. Fires appear in red on this image. There is a large area of fires in eastern Guinea, southwestern Mali, and north and central Cote D'Ivoire. MODIS also detected fires in the northern half of Sierra Leone, southwestern Burkina Faso, and throughout Ghana. Some fires were...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20120110-westafrica.html
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of fires and smoke occurring in Western Australia's Gascoyne region. The fires forced the closure of the Kennedy Range National Park during the week of January 17, 2012. Western Australia's Gascoyne region has 373 miles (600 kilometers) of coastline along the Southern Indian Ocean and includes the local government areas of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay and Upper Gascoyne. NASA's Aqua satellite picked up heat signatures from fires in Gascoyne on January...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20120117-australia.html
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Agricultural fires burned in northwestern India in late October 2009. Source: NASA/MODIS(Aqua)
Topics: Where -- India, What -- Aqua
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September marks the end of the dry season in Mozambique. Grasses and brush are at their driest, waiting for the renewal that comes when the rains start in October. This means that September is also fire season in southeastern Africa. On September 15, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image, hundreds of fires burned throughout Mozambique. The fires that the MODIS instrument detected are outlined in red. Most of the fires...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mozambique, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/482921main_Mozambique_amo_2010258_lrg_full.jpg
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Multiple fires burned in North Korea in mid-October 2009, sending a plume of smoke over the Sea of Japan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on October 15. Red outlines indicate hotspots associated with active fires, although not all the fires have visible hotspots. The smoke plumes blow uniformly eastward, some of the individual plumes coalescing into a single large plume over the sea. NASA Earth Observatory images...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Korea, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where -- Japan, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20091019_korea.html
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Multiple fires burned along the coast of Queensland, Australia, in late October 2009 and into November. Source: NASA/MODIS(Aqua)
Topic: Where -- Australia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/2009307-australia-queensland.html
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Fires burned in northwestern India near the Pakistan border on November 8, 2009. Source: NASA/MODIS(Aqua)
Topic: Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/2009312-nwindia.html
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A fire in the Nuytsland Nature Reserve in Western Australia was triggered by lightning in the second week of November, and it had burned about 30,000 hectares (74,130 acres) as of November 20, 2009.
Topic: Where -- Australia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/2009323-australia-nuytsland-reserve.html
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Patches of black, scorched earth and pale gray plumes of smoke surround the Okavango Delta in this natural color image from October 15, 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired the image of Botswana. Red boxes outline active fires on the edges of the newly burned land. Since unnaturally straight lines define the burned land, it is likely that at least some of the large fires were intentionally set to manage vegetation. The large image is...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Botswana, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/493346main_Botswana_TMO_2010288_lrg_full.jpg
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On March 12, 2009, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite caught a glimpse of a relatively rare event: large÷·_Ä__scale forest fires in the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal. Places where the sensor detected active fires are outlined in red. The numerous small fires in southern Nepal may not be wildfires, but rather agricultural or other land-management fires. The image is centered on Nepal, and it shows the towering Himalaya Mountains arcing through the...
Topics: Forest Fires in Nepal, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Nepal
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/nepalfire_20090316.html
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Agricultural fires burned in western Africa on December 6, 2009. Source: NASA/MODIS(Aqua)
Topic: What -- Orion
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/2009340-westafrica.html
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Scattered bushfires in southern Western Australia spread smoke over Perth on December 15, 2009. Source: NASA/MODIS(Terra)
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Perth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/2009349-westaustralia.html
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A large wildfire burning in the Bío-Bío region of central Chile killed one man and forced more than 600 people from their homes in the first days of 2012. Active fire fronts are outlined in red in this image taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on January 2. The large fire is one of several that MODIS detected near the cities of Concepción and Chillán. The wildfire is burning through both commercial pine and eucalyptus forest and...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/chile-20120105.html
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Triple-digit temperatures, extremely low relative humidities, dense vegetation that has not burned in decades, and years of extended drought are all contributing to the explosive growth of wildfires throughout Southern California. The Station fire, which began Aug. 26, 2009, in La Canada/Flintridge, not far from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had reportedly burned 105,000 acres (164 square miles) of the Angeles National Forest by mid-day Aug. 31, destroying at least 21 homes and threatening...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- California, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/cafires_20090901.html
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Thick smoke hung over the eastern Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, and Laos on March 9, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite passed over head and captured this image. Scores of active fires (red outlines) were detected. During the winter dry season, intentional fires for agriculture, brush clearing, and trash disposal are common in Southeast Asia. Intentional fires also get out of control, however, and some of these fires could be accidental...
Topics: Fires in Burma, Thailand, Laos, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Laos
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/asiafire_20090309.html
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Fires continued to burn around eastern Africa's Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) on October 13, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image the same day. The fires were likely set for purposes of agriculture, a common occurrence at this time of year. Red dots indicate hotspots associated with actively burning fires, which burn all around Lake Malawi. Beige-gray smoke plumes occupy a roughly east-west band through Zimbabwe and...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Malawi, Where -- Zimbabwe, Where -- Mozambique, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20091014_africa.html
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NASA's Aqua satellite picked up heat signatures from fires in central Africa on December 13 at 12:30 UTC (7:30 a.m. EST) using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard the satellite. Fires appear in red on this image. There is a large area of light brown smoke over Nigeria from fires there. Other fires were burning in central and north Cameroon, southern Chad, throughout the Central African Republic and the northwestern corner of the Democratic...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20111216Africa.html
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A lightning strike on July 20, 2010, started the Twitchell Canyon Fire in Utah. More than two months later, the fire continued to burn and had consumed 44,000 acres in the Fishlake National Forest. Weather conditions have continued to be conducive to burning, with low humidity, high winds, and thunderstorm activity, all of which increase the hazard of the fire. Over 500 fire fighters were working to establish fire breaks and to direct fight the flames, which were 30% contained on October 1,...
Topics: What -- ASTER, What -- Terra, Where -- Utah
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/485677main_twitchell_ast_2010272_lrg_full.jpg
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Agricultural fires burned in western Africa on December 26, 2009. Source: NASA/MODIS(Aqua)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/2009361-westafrica.html
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Several large fires were burning in South Africa when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image on September 15, 2010. Wind blows the thick plumes of pale brown smoke east over the Indian Ocean. The fires are outlined in red. Most of the fires were probably set by people who use fire as a tool to manage land, but some of the fires may be wildfires. The savannas of southern Africa have long been shaped by fires, which remove woody...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- South Africa, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Mozambique, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/482930main_Mozambique_amo_2010258_lrg_full.jpg
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East of Churchill, Victoria, a burn scar left by one of the deadly Australian bushfires in February 2009 sprawls across the landscape in this image captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite on March 14. The image combines visible light with near-infrared light, and although the resulting false-color image doesn't look like a natural photo, it makes the burned areas (charcoal-brown) stand out better from unburned vegetation...
Topics: Bushfires in Southeast Australia, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/australiafire_20090318a.html
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Agricultural and other land-management or trash-burning fires are widespread across West Africa in the dry season. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on March 17, 2009, shows scores of fires (locations marked in red) burning in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Although agricultural burning such as this is not necessarily immediately hazardous, it can have a major impact on air quality and human health, climate, and natural...
Topics: Fires in West Africa, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Sierra Leone, Where -- Liberia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/africafire_20090318.html
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Powerful Santa Ana winds stoked several major wildfires in Southern California on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, when instruments on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image. As of October 14, the blazes had scorched nearly 12,000 acres, destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of neighborhoods in suburban Los Angeles and northern San Diego County, according to fire officials. Firefighters had little to no containment of any of the fires early Tuesday, and reported winds blowing at 50 mph...
Topics: Santa Ana Winds Fuel California Wildfires, What -- Aqua, Where -- California, Where -- Los Angeles,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/califires_20081014.html
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Hundreds of fires were burning in northwest India when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image on October 26, 2010. The fires are outlined in red. Though no single fire is large or particularly smoky, the fires cumulatively produce a heavy veil of smoke that swaths northern India and Pakistan. This cluster of fires burns every year in October and November. The fires are in an agricultural region where October marks the end of the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/493109main_India_AMO_2010299_lrg_full.jpg
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Thick smoke pours from fires burning on the Portuguese island of Madeira in this photo-like image collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer MODIS on NASA's Aqua satellite on August 13, 2010. The fires are outlined in red. According to news reports, the largest of the fires burned through 95 percent of the Funchal Ecological Park, a 1,000-hectare preserve set aside to restore native vegetation to the island. The park's mountainous terrain extends from 520 meters to 1,818...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Visible Light, What -- Sun, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/madeira-fires.html
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On August 12, 2009, the Lockheed Fire broke out in the mountains southwest of San Jose, California, and burned through an estimated 2,600 acres of brush and timber by the morning of August 14. The fire was burning about 4 miles northwest of the town of Boulder Creek, and at least 2,000 people had been forced to evacuate their homes. This photo-like image of the fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite on August 13. The red...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- FAST, Where -- San Jose, Where -- California, Where -- Santa Cruz
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20090817_santacruz.html
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A handful of large fires were burning in Oregon and Northern California as fall approached in 2008. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the two states on September 15. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked with red dots. According to the National Interagency Fire Center report on September 16, the Rattle Fire was an estimated 5,733 acres and 25 percent contained, and the Lonesome Complex was 5,886 acres...
Topics: Fires in Oregon and Northern California, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Oregon, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/oregnocal_20080916.html
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Smoke from the recent outbreak of fires in Southern California can clearly be seen from NASA satellites. The top, photo-like, true-color image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on November 16, 2008, shows the smoke drifting to the southwest from the Los Angeles basin over the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The lower image shows measurements of aerosols -- tiny particles within smoke -- as observed by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)...
Topics: Fires in California, What -- Aqua, What -- Ozone Monitoring Instrument, What -- Aura, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/califire_20081119.html
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Forest fires in Northern California were slowly being contained in the first weeks of August 2008. Many of the fires started in the first week of summer when a rash of lightning strikes ignited hundreds of fires in the state. The image above was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on August 10. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. According to the National Interagency Fire Center's report for...
Topics: Fires in California, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/califire_20080812.html
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One hundred eighty-seven homes were destroyed by the Freeway Fire in Southern California in mid-November 2008. Driven by Santa Ana winds, the fire exploded out of the Chino Hills into communities at the foothills of the mountains. More than 30,000 acres were scorched by the fire. This natural-color image of the burned area was captured by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite on November 18, 2008. The top image shows the Chino Hills north of Riverside Freeway and...
Topics: California Fires Mid-November, What -- Imager, What -- Earth, What -- EO 1, Where -- California,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/ca_fire_20081126.html
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Wilson's Promontory National Park, located at the southern tip of Victoria, Australia, was one of many areas scorched by large bushfires in February 2009. The Cathedral Fire, which was sparked by lightning on February 8, burned an estimated 25,200 hectares (62,271 acres) in the park before it was fully contained on March 14, the day this image was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite. The image combines visible light...
Topics: Cathedral Fire, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/australiafire_20090318b.html
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On September 6, 2009, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured this simulated natural color image of the Station fire, burning in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. The fire started on August 26 in La Canada/Flintridge near NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (seen at the bottom of the image), and soon grew to become the largest fire in Los Angeles County's history. Ten days after its start,...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/calfire_20090909.html
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Dozens of fires (red) were burning in eastern Madagascar on December 14, 2011 at 07:00 UTC (2 a.m. EST). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image. Smoke is light-brown in this NASA satellite image, while fires are designated by a red dot. As much as a third of Madagascar burns annually, according to Wild Madagascar.org, as farmers set fires to clear land for agriculture and pasture. Usually fires are known to spread...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/madagascar12162011.html
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Fires burned along the northeastern coast of Australia in early October 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on October 6, 2009. Fires burn north, south, and inland from the coastal city of Cairns. Smoke from the fires consistently blows inland, toward the east or east-southeast. Red outlines indicate hotspots associated with high surface temperatures. On October 7, 2009, an article in The Cour ier-Mail warned...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Australia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/queensland_20091008.html
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A crippling heat wave and strong winds in southeastern Australia contributed to an outbreak of forest and grassland fires in Victoria in late January 2009. By January 30, about 5,500 hectares had burned and at least 10 homes had been destroyed, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The homes were located in a small community near the town of Boolara. Nearly surrounded by wildfire, the town had also run out of water and lost power, said ABC News. This image from the Moderate...
Topics: Fires in Southeast Australia, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Australia, Where -- Victoria,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/australiafire_20090206.html
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Late winter in the Northern Hemisphere is the dry season of the tropical monsoon climate of Southeast Asia. During this time of year, fires are common, most of them set by people for brush clearing, trash disposal, or maintaining cropland or pasture. As in other parts of the world, intentionally set fires can also get out of control and become wildfires. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on February 23, 2009, shows widespread...
Topics: Southeast Asia Fires, What -- Aqua, Where -- China
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/se_asia_20090223.html
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By the morning of May 8, 2009, the Jesusita Fire in the hills around Santa Barbara, California, had damaged or completely destroyed 75 buildings, forced the evacuation of 20,000 residents, and threatened the homes of another 16,000 residents, according to ABC News. By the afternoon of May 9, 2009, more than 30,000 residents were under evacuation orders, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Terra satellite captured this image of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- California, Where -- Los Angeles
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/califire_20090508.html
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NASA's Autonomous Modular Scanner mounted on the Ikhana remotely piloted aircraft captured this thermal-infrared imagery during two passes over the Hidden wildfire during a flight over the southern Sierras about 30 miles northeast of Visalia in Central California on Sept. 19, 2008. This false-color, three-dimensional image shows unburned vegetation in green, smoke and bare areas in bluish-white and fire hot spots in yellow and red, overlaid on a Google Earth Digital Globe terrain image. Text...
Topics: Ikhana Resumes Fire Mission Flights, What -- Earth, Where -- California, Where -- Dryden Flight...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/calfire_20080922.html
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Large fires in eastern Alaska«És Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge were billowing out thick plumes of yellowish smoke when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on July 30, 2009. The smoke appears to be relatively close to the ground; in many places, brighter clouds lie over top of the smoke. The large version of the image shows that the smoke covers a wide area of Alaska and western Canada. NASA image by...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Canada
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20090731_alaskaflats.html
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Forest fires were burning in the Yakutsk region of eastern Russia on July 21, 2009. Large columns of smoke blew north from the fires and pooled against the base of the Verkhoyanskiy Mountains. This natural-color (photo-like) image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Terra satellite. Places where the sensor detected active fire are outlined in red. Image credit: NASA's MODIS Rapid Response Team Text credit: Rebecca Lindsey, NASA's Earth...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Russia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/russiafire_20090724.html
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Wild fires and/or agricultural fires burned in south central Russia on October 10, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image the same day. Red outlines indicate hotspots where MODIS has detected unusually high surface temperatures associated with active fires. Not all of the fires emit discernible smoke, but the smokes plumes that are visible consistently blow toward the east. The fires burn not far from Nazarovo...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Russia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20091014_russia.html
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Bushfires in southeastern Australia turned deadly over the first weekend of February 2009. Out-of-control fires raced into small communities and towns in Victoria, and more than 100 people had died as of February 9, according to news reports. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News) reported that many of those who died had remained to protect their homes. Among the most devastated communities were those in the Kinglake area and Marysville. As of February 9, firefighters were...
Topics: Bushfires in Southeast Australia, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Australia, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/australiafire_20090209.html
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Large fires were burning in the forests of Siberia between the Amur River (known as Heilong Jiang in China) and the Bureya River on May 24, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite captured this image. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked in red. Dark brownish-purple patches on the landscape are burn scars from previous fires. Thick smoke in the eastern part of the image may be from these fires as well as...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- China, Where -- Russia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20090528_russia.html
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Scorching temperatures and dry conditions kept fire danger high across Queensland in early November 2008. This image of the central part of the state was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA's Aqua satellite on November 6, 2008, and it shows places where the sensor detected active fires outlined in red. Beneath a scattering of small clouds, the landscape varies between shades of tan (grassland) and deep green (forest and woodlands). The more...
Topics: Fires in Queensland, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/qland_20081106.html
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Forest fires produced hazy skies over interior Alaska in the first week of July 2009. This natural-color (photo-like) image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite shows several lightning-triggered fires (outlined in red) southwest of Fairbanks, Alaska, on July 7. The largest was the combined Bear Lake/Minto Flats South Fire; according to the situation summary report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center on July 7, the fire was...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Alaska
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20090709_alaska.html
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Sixty-eight fires were affecting an estimated 94,107 hectares (232,543 acres) in Canada«És Yukon Territory on July 30, 2009, according to the daily situation report from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Several large blazes were pouring out thick smoke plumes when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Terra satellite passed overhead and captured this natural-color image. Places where MODIS detected active fire are outlined in red. This image is c...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Canada
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20090731_canada.html
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Several bushfires were burning in state and national parks in the eastern corner of Victoria on March 31, 2009, spreading smoke across a large area of southern Victoria, including Melbourne (visible in large image). This image of the fires (outlined in red) was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite. Clouds were building across the area at the time of this image, and they delivered some rain later that day and evening, according to the...
Topics: Fires in East Gippsland, Victoria, What -- Aqua, Where -- Victoria, Where -- Melbourne, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/australiafire_20090331.html
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Scores of active fires were burning in eastern India and the mountainous provinces of northwest Burma (Myanmar) on March 9, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this photo-like image. Locations where the sensor detected active fires are outlined in red. Agricultural and other land-maintenance fires are common in the area this time of year (dry season), so many of these fires were probably intentionally started...
Topics: Fires in Eastern India and Northwest Burma, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Myanmar
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/indiafire_20090309.html
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Bushfires in Victoria, Australia, flared up significantly in the last week of February 2009. The state has been battling deadly fires since late January 2009 with only brief periods of calm. According to news reports from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on February 23, new emergency evacuation warnings over the weekend had forced hundreds of residents from communities across the state into shelters. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua...
Topics: Bushfires in Southeast Australia, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Victoria, Where -- Australia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/australiafire_20090223.html
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People in Africa have used fire for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years as an agricultural and land management tool. In the dry season, they set fires to clear brush and dead vegetation from farm and grazing land and to deal with household trash. As the rainy season migrates north and south across the continent each year, a wave of widespread fires precedes its arrival. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite from July 8, 2009,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Zambia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20090709_centralafrica.html
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The «É_Top End«É_ of Northern Territory, Australia, experiences frequent fires throughout the dry season, both from natural and human causes. In many places, such as Kakadu National Park, which encompasses the Alligator River basin, land managers use controlled fires early in the dry season to create fire breaks and reduce the dry vegetation that could lead to more devastating fires later in the season. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Australia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/australia_fires_20090624.html
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On the night of August 30-31, 2009, the Station Fire north of the city of Los Angeles spread in three directions and doubled in size, according to the Los Angeles Times. Two fire fighters had been killed and at least at least 18 homes in Tujunga Canyon had burned as of the morning of August 31. According to the Incident Information System, the Station Fire covered 85,760 acres as of the morning of August 31, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Terra...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/cafire_20090831.html
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Twitchell Canyon Fire in central Utah is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 24 crew member on the International Space Station (ISS). The Twitchell Canyon Fire near central Utah's Fishlake National Forest is reported to have an area of approximately 13,383 hectares (approximately 134 square kilometers, or 33,071 acres). This detailed image shows smoke plumes generated by several fire spots close to the southwestern edge of the burned area. The fire was started by a lightning...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth, Where -- Utah
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Though the first day of fall arrives on September 22, the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge in interior Alaska had already begun to transition into autumn orange and brown on September 15, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this image. Three fires, marked with red, burn in the low hills around the river, masking the landscape with billowing smoke. Fire is essential in maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the lowlands around...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/482885main_Alaska_tmo_2010258_lrg_full.jpg
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On November 18, 2011 at 19:10 UTC (2:10 p.m. EST), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite detected fires (in red) in the coastal province of Santa Elena, Ecuador, and further inland (east) in the province of Guayas. Fires also appear to be burning in Machalilla National Park, a preserve in the Ecuadorian Manabí Province. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/ecuador-20111121.html
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Late in the calendar year, widespread agricultural fires spring up across Africa in the semi-arid grasslands known as the Sahel and in the tropical savannas to the south. This natural-color image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on Nov. 27, 2008, shows fires (marked in red dots) across central Africa. The top edge of the image traces the northern edge of the Sahel, where it meets the Sahara Desert. The vegetation becomes lusher to the...
Topics: Fires in Central Africa, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Cameroon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/africafire_20081201.html
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Several days after it started, the Freeway Fire left a sprawling burn scar on the California landscape. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image on Nov. 22, 2008. In this false-color image, red indicates vegetation, tan indicates bare ground, gray-blue indicates buildings and paved surfaces, and dark blue indicates water. The Freeway Fire burn scar, stretching across the middle of the image, assumes a charcoal...
Topics: Fires in California, What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/califire_20081124.html
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On November 23, 2011, a fast-moving wildfire devastated two communities in southwestern Australia. The fire started when high winds blew an ember from a prescribed burn out of the controlled area. By the time the fire was contained, 30 homes had been destroyed in the communities of Prevelly and Gnarabup. Charcoal-colored land shows where the fire burned in this image, taken on December 1 by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. Much of the burned area is...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/Aus12052011.html
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A thick river of smoke flowed southeast over New England from a fire in southern Quebec, Canada, on May 31, 2010. This image of the U.S. Northeast was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite at 11:10 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. The smoke plume is over 200 kilometers (120 miles) wide near Cape Cod, but it narrows offshore. The plume spans the entire width of the image--1,900 kilometers (1,200 miles). Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Canada
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A combination of smoke and clouds obscured the Coast Ranges of Northern California on August 14, 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the area and captured this natural-color image. Places where the sensor detected active fire are outlined in red. According to the morning situation report from the National Interagency Fire Center on August 15, 2008, the three fires labeled in this image were affecting nearly 200,000 acres....
Topics: Fires in California, What -- Aqua, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/califire_081508.html
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A handful of wildfires sprang up in Idaho in the third week of August 2008, affecting hundreds of acres in forests and wilderness areas west of the Bitterroot Range Mountains. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the area on August 18. Places where MODIS detected active fires are outlined in red. A few of the larger fires are labeled. According to the August 20 morning report from the National Interagency Fire Center, the...
Topics: Fires in Idaho, What -- Aqua, Where -- Idaho
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/idaho_fire.html
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the southeastern U.S. on Dec. 14, 2011 at 16:40 UTC (11:40 a.m. EST) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured smoke (top right side of image) and fire signatures from the Honey Prarie fire still burning in the Okenfenokee Swamp fire in southeastern Georgia. According to Inciweb, the Honey Prairie continues to burn deep down into the dry peat on the west side of the refuge. Inciweb is the "Incident Information...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/okefenokee12162011.html
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Wildfires burned along the South Carolina coastline on April 22-23, 2009, leaping over a highway and heading for a heavily populated area in North Myrtle Beach, according to The New York Times. By April 23, the fires had destroyed more than 40 homes and damaged another 100, and had forced more than 2,500 people to evacuate. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Terra satellite captured this true-color image at 12:17 local time (16:17 UTC) on April 23, 2009. The...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- South Carolina, Where -- New York, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/scfire_20090423.html
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The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (AGBM) issued a Fire Weather Warning in the southwestern region of Western Australia at 4:00 p.m. WST on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Fires have been raging for over a week now in the southwestern portion of Western Australia. When NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the area on Nov. 23, 2011 at 06:05 UTC, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Instrument aboard detected fires (in red) and plumes of smoke (light gray). The AGBM...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/aus-20111201.html
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The tri-county Riley Road wildfire burning in Texas north of Houston was 85 percent contained when the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on Sept. 12, 2011. More than 19,000 acres and approximately 100 homes have been consumed since the fire started a week ago. The burned areas are dark gray and black; vegetation appears red; and bare ground and roads are light gray. Nearly 21,000 wildfires have...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/pia14771.html
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Severe weather in the second week of April 2009 fanned wildfires in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma. This image of the area was captured on April 9, 2009, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite. Places where the sensor detected active fires are outlined in red. A line of fires stretched across the plains west of Dallas-Forth Worth, and strong winds were driving smoke plumes from the fires toward the cities. Several people died, and hundreds...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Texas, Where -- Oklahoma
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/texasfire_20090415.html
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NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on the Aqua satellite acquired an image showing smoke streaming west-southwest from several bushfires throughout Queensland, Australia. The fires are marked in red. The Queensland Fire and Rescue (QFR) website reported multiple grass fires near Ward and Charleville on November 15, 2011. The QFR reported that water bombing aircraft and fire crews were battling the grass fires on Nov. 15. The fires have been burning there for...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/aus-20111115.html
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Gusty winds drove wildfires into southern California cities in mid-November 2008. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the Los Angeles metropolitan area on November 16, 2008. Places where the sensor detected active fires are outlined in red. The top image shows smoke spreading far to the west over the Pacific Ocean. According to the National Interagency Fire Center daily situation report from November 16, the Sayre Fire north...
Topics: Fires in California, What -- Aqua, Where -- California, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- Pacific...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/cal_fires_2008_1117.html
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The MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the fire at 2:40 p.m. local time on September 7, 2010. The red outline corresponds with the unusually high surface temperatures associated with an active fire. Credit: NASA/MODIS
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Colorado
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/480579main_Colorado-FIRES_full.jpg
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Fires burned throughout central Africa on June 16, 2009, from Lake Tanganyika to the Atlantic Ocean. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image the same day. Red dots indicate where MODIS has detected actively burning fires. Fires are most prevalent in Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Agricultural fires are common in Africa, but the occurrence of such fires depends on the timing of dry and...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Angola, Where -- Zambia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/fires_africa_20090624.html
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Multiple bushfires burned across Queensland's Cape York Peninsula on November 14, 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Made from a combination of visible and infrared light, the image highlights the location of hotspots (outlined in red) and burned areas (reddish brown). Vegetation is bright green, and bare or sparsely vegetated ground is pinkish-tan. In this kind of satellite image, the intense...
Topics: Fires in Queensland, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/queensland_fire1a.html
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A combination of smoke and clouds hovered over Los Angeles County on the afternoon of September 2, 2009, as remnants of the Station Fire continued to burn. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA«És Aqua satellite captured this true-color image around 1:55 p.m. local time (20:55 UTC) on September 2, 2009. Puffy white clouds hover in the east, but dingy gray smoke lingers in the west and south. (The large image shows smoke spread over the Pacific Ocean.) As of Septem...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20090903_lafires.html
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Fires dotted the ground while smoke clogged the skies over eastern China in early July 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on July 6, 2010. Dozens of fires, marked by red outlines, appear south of Beijing. West of Bo Hai, skies are mostly clear, but smoke grows thick west of Shandong Bandao, and a thick plume of smoke blows seaward over that peninsula. West of the Yellow Sea, some smoke plumes are thick...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- China, Where -- Beijing, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
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Intense fires burning in the boreal forests of northern Asia and North America routinely send up plumes of smoke that darken skies many kilometers away. By the end of July 2009, large fires were burning in both Russia and Alaska. This image tracks the smoke from those fires by illustrating the concentration of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. The image was made with data collected by the Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) sensor on NASA«És Terra satellite between July 20...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Russia, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Toronto
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20090729_carbo nmono.html
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Widespread agricultural burning is common in the dry season in Africa. As the rainy season migrates north and south across the continent each year, a wave of widespread fires precedes its arrival. This image of the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo shows hundreds of active fires (marked in red) burning on July 20, 2009. The tan and light green landscapes are likely a mixture of agricultural land, grassland, and savanna, while the deep g reen areas between the Sankuru and Kasai...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Angola, Where -- Zambia, Where -- Tanzania
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/congofire_20090724.html